Professor Jeremy Gans noted today the publication by the High Court of a statement as to changes to procedures – in particular, whether an oral hearing will be required for a special leave application. The statement says:

In represented applications, a Panel of Justices will determine in the first place whether an oral hearing is warranted. If the Panel considers that no oral hearing is required, the application will be granted or refused special leave on the papers. If an oral hearing is required, the application will be listed for hearing as soon as practicable.

Adoption of these changes is expected to reduce the interval between the filing of an application and the oral hearing, or the pronouncement of the grant or refusal of special leave, as the case may be. It is anticipated that there will be fewer oral hearings in applications for special leave, with consequent savings in costs to litigants.

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